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3 more kids die of encephalitis in UP, toll touches 584

Gorakhpur(UP): Three more children succumbed to encephalitis taking the death toll due to the disease to 584 in eastern region of Uttar Pradesh, health officials said on Sunday. The three children died at Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital here, they said. Nine new patients with symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) have been admitted to BRD-MCH and district hospitals of the region, sources in the Additional Director health office said. The number of patients with Acute Encephalitis Syndrome admitted in different government hospitals this year has touched 2,798, the sources said. (PTI)

Four held for fraud in railway recruitment exam

Patna: Four persons have been arrested with large quantities of high-tech devices meant to be used for cheating in Railway recruitment examination scheduled for Sundayday, police said. Acting on a tip off, the Special Task Force (STF) teams raided various places in Patna Saturday night and arrested the four accused on charges of planning to commit fraud and cheating using high-tech bluetooth devices in the Group ‘D’ examination under railway recruitment cell of the East-Central Railway (ECR), IG (Operations) Amit Kumar said. The accused have been identified as Rajkumar Singh, Dinkar Pandey, Ajit Kumar and Varun Kumar. A haul of high-tech equipments and other materials like bluetooth device, ear piece, mobile phones, sim card, micro battery, original certificates, admit cards, besides Rs 55,000 cash and a motorcycle have been seized from them, Kumar said. (PTI)

Engine derails near Yamunanagar, no one hurt

Chandigarh: A tragedy was averted after an engine of a Special Train partially derailed near Yamunanagar station in Haryana Sunday morning, an official said. Railway Recruitment Cell Special Train, with hundreds of students on board, had started from Yamunanagar to Chandigarh early this morning for the examination on Sunday. A railway official of the Ambala Division told PTI over phone that the engine had partially derailed barely 2 km from the Yamunanagar railway station. “Senior railway officials reached the spot and an inquiry has been ordered in the incident,” he added. A student, who was on board, told reporters, that the train was moving at a very slow speed at the time of the incident. “Had the train been on speed, things could have been much worse,” he claimed. (PTI)

Online payment of cyclone assistance

Berhampur (Odisha): In a bid to speed up assistance in a transparent manner post-Cyclone Phailin, authorities in the worst hit Ganjam district disburse aid to the affected people online by this month-end. “Electronic payment will not only be transparent but also fast,” official sources said here. Assistances for house damage, agriculture and horticulture crop loss, boat and nets, fish ponds and loss of animal husbandry would be paid online, the sources said. They said revenue inspectors and anganwadi workers will collect bank account numbers of victims. For those who do not have it, tehsildars will hold melas in the nearest bank branch to open savings accounts for them. Around Rs 30 lakh payment was made so far, said assistance sub-collector (emergency) Mahendra Panda. (PTI)

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